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Unemployment Rates Up, Jobs Down in All Metro Areas as Illinois Moves into Phase 4 of the Reopen Illinois Plan

SPRINGFIELD –The number of nonfarm jobs decreased over-the-year in May in all fourteen Illinois metropolitan areas, with six metro areas at record low payrolls, according to preliminary data released today by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) and the Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES). Data also shows that the unemployment rate increased over-the-year in all metro areas to record highs for the month of May. The official, BLS-approved sub-state unemployment rate and nonfarm jobs series begins in 1990. Data reported prior to 1990 are not directly comparable due to updates in methodology.

“Illinois’ transition into Phase 4 of the Reopen Illinois Plan is another positive step toward the recovery of our state and local economies,” said Deputy Governor Dan Hynes.  “We will continue to closely monitor the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and make necessary adjustments to ensure the health and safety of our citizens while continuing to provide families and small businesses the resources they need for recovery.”

Data shows the number of nonfarm jobs decreased in all fourteen Illinois metropolitan areas. Total nonfarm jobs were down in Peoria (-16.7%, -28,800), Decatur (-14.7%, -7,600) and Elgin (-14.5%, -38,500). Jobs were down -12.0% (-455,200) in Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights. Job losses occurred across all industries and there were no industry sectors that recorded job growth in a majority of metro areas.

Not seasonally adjusted data compares May 2020 with May 2019. The not seasonally adjusted Illinois rate was 14.7 percent in May 2020, a record high for the month of May, dating back to 1976. Nationally, the not seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 13.0 percent in May 2020, also a record high, dating back to 1948. The unemployment rate identifies those individuals who are out of work and seeking employment.

Not Seasonally Adjusted Unemployment Rates

Metropolitan Area

May 2020*

May 2019**

Over-the-Year Change

Bloomington

10.9%

3.2%

7.7

Carbondale-Marion

15.0%

3.4%

11.6

Champaign-Urbana

10.0%

3.2%

6.8

Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights

15.4%

3.3%

12.1

Danville

14.8%

4.2%

10.6

Davenport-Moline-Rock Island, IA-IL

14.1%

3.5%

10.6

Decatur

14.8%

4.3%

10.5

Elgin

14.7%

3.5%

11.2

Kankakee

13.3%

4.0%

9.3

Lake-Kenosha, IL-WI

12.9%

3.3%

9.6

Peoria

15.2%

3.8%

11.4

Rockford

19.3%

5.1%

14.2

Springfield

13.0%

3.3%

9.7

St. Louis (IL-Section)

13.3%

3.4%

9.9

Illinois Statewide

14.7%

3.5%

11.2

* Preliminary  I  ** Revised

 

Total Nonfarm Jobs (Not Seasonally Adjusted) – May 2020

Metropolitan Area

May

May

Over-the-Year

 

2020*

2019**

Change

Bloomington MSA

83,000

92,900

-9,900

Carbondale-Marion MSA

52,500

58,100

-5,600

Champaign-Urbana MSA

105,200

115,400

-10,200

Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights Metro Division

3,351,900

3,807,100

-455,200

Danville MSA

25,000

27,300

-2,300

Davenport-Moline-Rock Island MSA

168,600

188,800

-20,200

Decatur MSA

44,000

51,600

-7,600

Elgin Metro Division

226,500

265,000

-38,500

Kankakee MSA

43,400

45,800

-2,400

Lake-County-Kenosha County Metro Division

373,700

424,800

-51,100

Peoria MSA

143,800

172,600

-28,800

Rockford MSA

131,000

151,100

-20,100

Springfield MSA

97,700

111,000

-13,300

Illinois Section of St. Louis MSA

227,200

243,300

-16,100

Illinois Statewide

5,419,700

6,158,200

-738,500

*Preliminary | **Revised

 

 

 

Not Seasonally Adjusted Unemployment Rates
(percent) for Local Counties and Areas

Labor Market Area

May 2020

May 2019

Over the Year Change

Carbondale-Marion MSA

15.0 %

3.4 %

11.6

Jackson County

13.0 %

3.2 %

9.8

Williamson County

16.7 %

3.6 %

13.1

Surrounding Counties

Alexander County

14.1 %

5.0 %

9.1

Franklin County

19.1 %

4.6 %

14.5

Johnson County

14.6 %

4.9 %

9.7

Massac County

16.5 %

4.9 %

11.6

Perry County

18.4 %

4.3 %

14.1

Pulaski County

15.5 %

5.4 %

10.1

Randolph County

13.4 %

3.0 %

10.4

Union County

12.1 %

4.8 %

7.3

Harrisburg Area

Gallatin County

13.3 %

4.1 %

9.2

Hamilton County

12.8 %

3.0 %

9.8

Hardin County

11.6 %

5.8 %

5.8

Pope County

12.1 %

4.9 %

7.2

Saline County

15.8 %

4.5 %

11.3

White County

13.2 %

3.2 %

10.0

Olney – Mt. Carmel Area

Edwards County

15.3 %

3.1 %

12.2

Lawrence County

16.1 %

4.5 %

11.6

Richland County

11.5 %

3.4 %

8.1

Wabash County

18.1 %

3.3 %

14.8

Wayne County

15.5 %

4.0 %

11.5

Other Areas

LWIA 23

12.7 %

3.4 %

9.3

LWIA 24

13.7 %

3.4 %

10.3

LWIA 25

16.7 %

3.7 %

13.0

LWIA 26

14.7 %

4.2 %

10.5

Southern EDR

16.0 %

3.9 %

12.1

Southern Illinois Highlights

Carbondale – Marion Area

Nonfarm employment in May 2020 decreased by -5,600 compared to May 2019.  The unemployment rate increased over-the-year to 15.0 percent.

Employment losses were posted in Government (-700).

Surrounding Counties

May 2020 nonfarm employment decreased by -2,950 compared to May 2019.

Payrolls posted declines in Leisure and Hospitality (-1,050), Manufacturing (-700), Educational and Health Services (-325), Professional and Business Services (-225), Other Services (-225),  Government (-175), Trade, Transportation and Utilities (-75), Construction (-50), and Financial Activities (-50).

No payroll changes were reported in Information.

Harrisburg Area

Nonfarm employment decreased by -1,325 over-the-year.

Employment gains were posted in Professional and Business Services (+75), Information (+25) and Financial Activities (+25).

Payrolls posted declines in Leisure and Hospitality (-400), Natural Resources and Mining (-325), Trade, Transportation and Utilities (-200), Manufacturing (-175), Other Services (-150), Construction (-100), Educational and Health Services (-50) and Government (-25).

Olney – Mt. Carmel Area

Nonfarm employment decreased by -900 over the year.

Employment gains were posted in Government (+125), Trade, Transportation and Utilities (+125), and Information (+25).

Employment declined in Manufacturing (-575), Leisure and Hospitality (-300), Other Services (-125), Construction (-25), Professional and Business Services (-25) and Financial Activities (-25).  Natural Resources and Mining showed no change in employment over-the-year.

Note: Monthly 2019 unemployment rates and total nonfarm jobs for Illinois metro areas were revised in February and March 2020, as required by the U.S. BLS.  Comments and tables distributed for prior metro area news releases should be discarded as any records or historical analysis previously cited may no longer be valid. The official monthly unemployment rate series for metro areas, counties and most cities begins in 1990. The official monthly nonfarm jobs series for metro areas begins in 1990 and for non-metropolitan counties it begins in 1999.

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